French Jewish Sites Promised Extra Protection

PARIS (Reuters) -

Jewish schools and shuls in France have been promised extra protection, by the army if necessary, after the terror attacks in Paris, the head of the community’s umbrella group said on Sunday after a meeting with President Francois Hollande.

“We have our sadness and our rage; we also have set out a number of urgent measures to take,” CRIF President Roger Cukierman said after a meeting with Hollande.

“They told us that all schools and all synagogues will be protected in measures that, if necessary, extend beyond the police to the army.”

France has the largest Jewish population in Europe, having grown by nearly half since World War II to total some 550,000 according to CRIF.

Anti-Semitic threats and incidents more than doubled last year, according to the Ministry of the Interior.

France’s Agence Juive, which tracks Jewish emigration, estimates that more than 5,000 Jews left France for Israel in 2014, up from 3,300 in 2013, which was a 73 percent increase on 2012.